Homeless SMS: information service for the homeless
Homeless SMS:DESIGNING INFORMATIONSERVICE FOR THE HOMELESSClick to edit Master title style Global Innovation Academy 05.09.2012 Hong Kong
Introducing Homeless SMS• Started early 2010, founded by Will Brayne (UK).• Objective: investigating a useful mobile toolkit forvulnerable population in developed countries.• In 2011, we achieved a proof of concept.• In 2012, we aim to pilot the service concept on agreater scale.
Scale: 49 homeless day centre (London)3,673 450recorded rough sleepersin 2010, London number of supporting organisations (London)400,000 17,000hidden homeless (UK) homeless hostel beds (London)
Finance: Cost created by one homeless person, based on actual cases (Crisis, UK) £83,000 health services 48% temporary accommodation 25% police 17% £15,000temporary accommodation 46% unemployment 26% failed tenancy 3.6%
Standing in other’s shoes:As one way of understanding thelives of London’s homeless
The experience of MarioMario is an illegal immigrant from Algeria being homeless for two years
A day of DavidDaily routine and destinations of a rough sleeper in central London
Social relationships of Deepak and JackSocial network of homeless persons established during their homelessness
Process of getting a bed at the shelterFirst contact with information -> registered to agency -> referred to accommodationTakes couple of days to several months depending on person
Shorten the duration of homelessnessThe experience of homelessness is destructive for individual homeless andvery expensive for government.Can a mobile service support this process quicker and cheaper?
First attempt:Revealed the invisibleforce that governs thesystem
Problem:homeless people strugglewith finding services usingthe service directory
Problem:homeless people strugglewith finding services usingthe service directorySolution:enable homeless to searchlocal servicesby sending an SMS
Problem:homeless people strugglewith finding services usingthe service directorySolution:enable homeless to searchlocal servicesby sending an SMSReality:they might have noeligibility to accesslocal services!
Housing Act 1996:179. Every local housing authority shallsecure that advice and information abouthomelessness, and the prevention ofhomelessness, is available free of charge toany person in their district.http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ the matter thatcauses this problemReality:they mighthave noeligibility to accesslocal services!
2.Be clear with the matter thatyou really need to challenge(it is not necessary explicit)
Adapted solution:Re-structuring the social contactsof homeless people to providesupportive information network
Problem:homeless people lack ofpositive social contactsSolution:take homeless part in thetailoredinformationnetwork using SMS andsocial mediaReality:people and orgnaisationsare not well-connectedClick to edit Master title style
Problem:homeless people lack ofpositive social contactsSolution:take homeless part in thetailoredinformationnetwork using SMS andsocial mediaReality:people and orgnaisations this is where the real challenge isare not well-connectedClick to edit Master title style
Get everyone talking at the same tabledesign workshop involving current homeless, former homeless, volunteer, social worker
WHAT’S NEXT?Can Homeless SMS become aninteroperable service in differentcities across countries?
Gave a pitch several European cities andSeoul to setup a pilot project
Seoul: +100k people are living in 3m2 roomsA specific type of accommodation called “Gosiwon” invented and provided by market.Residents are suffering from an extreme social isolation and are paying half of theirsalary for rent (200 euro/month).Residents are not identified by public authorities. http://cafe.naver.com/kimrainbow/99
Beside of big supports some threateningfeedback I got…“this idea cannot work because peopleare not working in this way”“even if we would like to implement this concept,I have no clue how we spend our budget for thisproject”“giving a pitch to him is your mistakebecause they might walk away with your idea”
3.Innovation from the outside ofinstitutions is believed, howeverit is not a convention yet.
THANK YOU! Ohyoon Kwon firstname.lastname@example.org t: @ohyoonkwnClick to edit Master title style www.ohyoon.com